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Choosing between residences

Your home away from home


Where will I live?

International Co-op

Kyrie at Tatham Centre standing beside the Tatham Centre sign

How far I will go

Co-op opens up many doors, like the opportunity to travel and pursue international experiences. Co-op gives me the opportunity to become a globe-trotter.

Exploring new jobs

Kyrie looking at a bulletin board in the Tatham Centre

Expansion and Experience

Having to stay in the same job for all my co-op terms was a concern when I first looked into co-op. With co-op, I would be able to experience different ways of working based on environment and the way my employer runs operations.


Kyrie walking up the stairs at the Tatham Centre

Off to work we go

At the start of my research into university, I had not even considered co-op as an option. I originally thought that co-op seemed like it was bringing me into the working world early, but after looking into it a little more I realized it is rather useful.

Tuition Fees

University costs how much?

When I was younger, I thought that everyone had to pay the exact same amount for tuition. I also incorrectly assumed that your tuition included residence and a meal plan. The cost of tuition varies based on what program you apply for and whether you are a Canadian student or an international student.

Full-time vs. Part-time studies

Kyrie outside the SAF wing in Hagey Hall

Full-time or Part-time?

TV shows and movies has falsely taught me that students go to university throughout the year – fall, winter, and summer. After talking to people and researching more, I found out that you do not have to go for the full year and you do not even have to study full time.


Kyrie outside Tatham Centre

It is that easy!

Applying for university can be a very simple task if you know how to do it. After further research, I figured out how easy it actually is to apply.

Accreditation pathways

Kyrie with University of Waterloo sign, looking away.

The right pathway for me

Before looking into the Accounting and Financial Management (AFM) program, I had no idea what an accreditation pathway was and how it worked. University of Waterloo’s School of Accounting and Finance (SAF) has received the highest level of accreditation from the CPA (Chartered Professional Accountant) Canada and the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Institute, providing students with a direct pathway to the CPA and/or CFA designation.

Applying for a competitive program

Kyrie standing near the University of Waterloo sign on Seagram Drive

The competition is on!

One thing that I had not quite considered while looking into programs was, what if I want to apply for a competitive program? When I hear about people applying for competitive programs I tend to think of the stereotypes: universities only letting in people with a 98% GPA (grade point average) or higher, or you have to have 90’s in every math course you could ever take even if they don’t offer it at your school.